Thursday, October 21st, 2010 Low Vision Technology
Dave Rathwell & Vicky Midtdal, SET-BC Consultants
In this SET-BC (Special Education Technology-BC) workshop, we will be running
For those living or working with children two sessions. In the morning session, we will be looking at the SET-BC Vision
Road Show: “Reading and Writing Strategies for Students with a Visual
and teens who are blind or visually impaired! Impairment: A Classroom Teacher’s Guide”. This will be your opportunity to look
at the workshop being presented to districts in the Province this fall. In the
afternoon session, there will be a demonstration of low vision technologies. It will
be followed by a brief presentation of “What is New” in the world of assistive
Inspiring Success technologies supporting visually impaired students.
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 Low Vision & Literacy
Dr. Frances Mary D'Andrea and Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum
Dr. Frances Mary D'Andrea and Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum will be presenting on
low vision and literacy. They will be addressing issues such as best practices in
literacy instruction, the impact low vision can have on literacy acquisition, use of
October 21-23, 2010 low vision devices (including the pros and cons of various devices), and the need
for collaboration. They will also be providing us with strategies for our own
Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel teaching. This will be done through the use of video clips, hands-on activities,
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Richmond, BC, Canada Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 Transitions
Dr. Karen Wolffe
Morning Session: Skills for Success
Presented by Dr. Wolffe will be discussing the five critical components in the lives of children
and youth with visual impairments to ensure their success in life: the importance
the Metro Vancouver Chapter of having high expectations, encouraging socialization, developing alternative
of the BC Vision Teachers' Association techniques or disability-specific skills, providing realistic feedback, and promoting
opportunities to work. This session will include a panel discussion with working
(in collaboration with PRCVI and SET-BC) adults who are blind or visually impaired.
Afternoon Session: Transitions from School to Work
Dr. Wolffe will be discussing transition issues such as functional academic skills,
For more information, please feel free to contact any of us: transportation, housing, socialization and recreation, career exploration, job
seeking, and job maintenance. Learning activities from Navigating the Rapids of
Stacey Gasoi firstname.lastname@example.org Life: The Transition Tote system, a career education curriculum for high school
students, will be shared as well as additional
Danita Kwong email@example.com resources. This session will also include a
panel discussion with representatives from
Rita Schouls firstname.lastname@example.org various organizations that support young
adults who are visually impaired.
Conference Speakers Dave Rathwell holds a Masters Degree in the Education of the Visually
Impaired (O&M). He is presently an Assistive Technology
Dr. Frances Mary D'Andrea started teaching students who are blind or Consultant with SET-BC and an Adjunct Professor at the
visually impaired in 1982. She has played a significant University of British Columbia where he teaches a course in
role in promoting braille literacy on a national scale. Dr. vision technologies. Dave has developed many teaching
D'Andrea is the co-author of Instructional Strategies for resources including accessible GPS and JAWS as well as
Braille Literacy, Looking to Learn: Promoting Literacy contributing to the BC Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual
for Students with Low Vision and The Braille Trail impairments. Dave has presented on vision technologies at provincial,
books! You can read more about Dr. D'Andrea at: national and international conferences.
Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University
of Arizona who prepares teachers to work with children with BC Vision Teachers' Conference 2010 Schedule
visual impairments. She has worked as a teacher of children
with visual impairment and multiple disabilities. She has Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
submitted contributions to the Journal of Visual Impairment October 21st October 22nd October 23rd
and Blindness and contributed chapters to several books 8:00am Check-In Check-In Check-In
including Sacks & Wolffe’s Teaching Social Skills to Coffee & Tea Coffee & Tea Coffee & Tea
Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to visit displays/vendors visit displays/vendors
Practice. You can read more about Dr. Rosenblum at:
http://coe.arizona.edu/faculty_profile/128/bio_sketch. 8:30am SET-BC Low Vision & Literacy Skills for Success
AM session AM session AM presentation
Dr. Karen Wolffe is a counselling consultant in private practice in Texas. 10:00am Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
She has worked for the American Foundation for the Blind visit displays/vendors visit displays/vendors
where she managed their professional development and
their CareerConnect program. Her areas of expertise 10:30am SET-BC Low Vision & Literacy Skills for Success
AM session AM session AM panel discussion
include: career education, social skills development,
transition issues, and employment opportunities for 12:00pm Lunch Buffet Lunch Buffet Lunch Buffet
people with disabilities. She is the author of Skills for visit displays/vendors visit displays/vendors
Success: A Career Education Handbook for Children
AER AGM Poster Sessions
and Youth with Visual Impairments.
Vicky Midtdal received her teaching degree in the area of vision from UBC 1:30pm SET-BC Low Vision & Literacy Transitions
under the direction of Sally Rogow in 1981. She earned her PM session PM session PM presentation
certificate for Orientation and Mobility at UBC under the Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
direction of Pete Wurzburger from San Francisco State. Vicky visit displays/vendors visit displays/vendors
set up the vision program in 1981 in Port Alberni and then
moved to the Okanagan to continue working with visually 3:00pm SET-BC Low Vision & Literacy Transitions
PM session PM session PM panel discussion
impaired students. Twelve years ago she became an assistive
technology consultant with SET-BC. Vicky has developed curriculum and 4:00pm BCVTA AGM
spoken at provincial, national, and international conferences. She has also 4:15pm
done some work for SET-BC in Thailand. Her goal now is to keep just one
6:00pm Silent Auction &
step ahead of those eager children and teams working in classrooms in BC. Banquet in Ballroom
The Venue, Accommodations & Transportation Other Nearby Hotel Accommodations
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7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC, V6X 1A3 Phone: (604) 273-7878 or
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Just 5 minutes from Vancouver International Airport and 25 minutes
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away from the hotel). Estimated taxi fare is $15.00 (one way).
Hotel parking costs $3.50 per hour or $13.00 per day. Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport
7188 Westminster Highway
American Grille and Lotus Land Lounge are on-site for breakfast,
Phone: (604) 207-9000 or Toll-Free 1-800-272-6232
lunch, snacks, and/or dinner. Or, you can try some of the many other
restaurants located nearby: Mad Greek, IHOP, Boston Pizza, Cactus
Club, Thai House, Kirin Restaurant and White Spot, to name a few.
Richmond Centre – a major
shopping mall, just across the street.
Richmond Olympic Oval –
check out this world-class facility!
Minoru Park – walking path, lakes,
gardens, pool, library, art gallery...
Steveston – historic fishing village with gift shops, boardwalk...
SILENT (Friday evening)! Please complete the attached registration
form which is designed to be compatible
All proceeds from the silent auction will with screen-reading software.
go toward scholarships and bursaries that Registration fees include:
PRCVI makes available to BC students all conference sessions
who are blind or visually impaired... you morning and afternoon refreshments
don't want to miss this opportunity to buffet lunches
support our students and to bid on one or banquet dinner and silent auction on Friday
more of the following GREAT items!
Early Registration Late Registration
(before September 17th) (September 17th or later)
Teachers/Other Professionals $225 $275
SET-BC Pre-Conference (Thursday) $30 $35
Paraprofessionals $160 $200
Check these out... Students/Parents (Saturday only) $50 $50
Please note there is a separate, additional fee for the very popular SET-BC
Trip for 2 with WestJet! pre-conference on Thursday. Register early as space is VERY limited!?
Cineplex movie tickets! Students who are blind or visually impaired and their parents are invited to
attend on Saturday, for a small fee per person.
Harbour Cruise tickets for 4!
Early registration fees apply if forms and cheques are postmarked before
Baseball game tickets! September 17th, 2010.
VSO vouchers for 2! BCVTA members are eligible for a $25 reimbursement with proof of
Framed art print! conference registration. If you are not yet a BCVTA member, you can still
apply – membership application form (attached).
... and much, much MORE! Registration forms and cheques must be postmarked before October 8th and
will be accepted as long as there is space available – there will be no
registration at the door.
AER members are reminded to sign in/out in order to obtain 6 hours per day
of continuing education credits.
Feel free to contact Michael Mizera at A huge THANK YOU...
email@example.com if you have brand-new items to all of our sponsors, volunteers,
speakers and panelists who are helping
to donate to the silent auction, thank you very much!
to make this conference possible.
Your generous donations and expert
assistance are greatly appreciated!